Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wash A Rug... Dye a Skirt While You're At It!


So I bought this rug for the extra bathroom upstairs.  It was a cheapy, which I like, and the perfect color turquoise.  Which I also like.  HOWEVER....

When my guests got out of the shower, their feet were turning a dark shade of turquoise and they couldn't figure out why.  Also, I was getting mysterious turquoise spots on my hard-to-keep-white-anyway towels.
Don't know why it took me so long to realize the culprit.  I'm sure if I was a brunette, I would have been Johnny-on-the-spot... ha.

I knew the only way to get the turquoise dye to stop leakin' and bleedin' all over was to wash it.  And since this was obviously some pretty powerful dye, I decided to throw a few old white things in with it.
My mom had made me a really pretty white casual skirt probably over a decade ago.  I wore the daylights out of and it had yellowed over time.  I remembered I had tossed it into the "fabric scarps" pile in my craft room to repurpose it and though, why not?  It would be an awesome skirt in aqua!!  I soaked them all night.

Tossed in a few old white t-shirts also, so I'd have a pretty color for t-shirt scarves.

Click HERE for one of my t shirt scarf/necklace tutorials.
  I've since changed a few minor things to my tute, but you get the idea. :)
Kammy tshirt scarf

So glad my rug "saved" my skirt!!! :)


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  1. Holy moly! I cannot believe the amount of dye in that rug!! That is crazy!

  2. Haha, what a great way to save a skirt! Nice pictures, by the way.

  3. That is incredible that the dye was so strong it would get on guest's feet! Guess they had to hop back in the shower! Love all those turquoise shirts and the skirt for summer time! Have fun wearing them!

    Jenny Hall
    Seamingly Smitten sewing patterns

  4. I am a fan of turquoise and I think that the rug went well with the bathroom in the photo. Great job of turning things into your favor. Now you have gotten rid of the dye problem with the rug, made the skirt reusable and created a few accessory shirts to go with it, three in one.

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  5. So cute, Kammy! I love this pretty blue.
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  6. Pure genius! But if you ever have a dark dyed article that you don't want to bleed or run all over the washer (& later the next load or two), soak it in cold water with a cup of salt for awhile, then rinse. Salt or vinegar have been used to set dye for eons. I'd post a URL with the info, but you're smart enough to find the instructions, so I'm off to bed. ;-)

  7. You're a smart lady!!


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